Ashani Karin Creighton

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Ashani, circa 1997;
Bottom Right: Age-progression at age 23 (circa 2015)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 21, 1997 from Orlando, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 16, 1992
  • Age: 4 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'0, 50 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Ashani's ears are pierced. She may be known by her middle name, Karin, or use the first name Ashanti.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Ashani was last seen on March 21, 1997 in their hometown of Orlando, Florida. She was initially abducted by her non-custodial grandparents, Ernest S. Jackson and Kaia Jackson, also known as Ernest and Abiola Anderson, in March 1997. Photographs of them are posted below this case summary. Her mother had sent her to visit them and they refused to return her. The Jacksons moved from Orlando to Tulsa, Oklahoma in August 1998, with their four children. The last confirmed sighting of Ashani took place at around that time.

    Ashani's grandparents were arrested for child abuse charges in October 2000 in Oklahoma. The charges were about the abuse of their eight-year-old son in 1988 and are not related to Ashani's case. The Jacksons were charged in 1988 after the child ran away from home and wandered into a Teaneck, New Jersey restaurant, disoriented and covered in burns and other injuries. He stated both of his parents beat him and at one point his mother refused to let him eat for fifteen days straight, then beat him with a belt after she caught him climbing out the window to take fruit from a tree. He had scars all over his body, including on his chest, his shoulders, his abdomen, his collarbone, his knees, and twenty to thirty on each hand. His parents skipped bail and fled, and weren't caught until 2000.

    The Jacksons' children were located in Oklahoma when Ernest and Kaia were arrested, but Ashani was not with them at the time of their arrest and she has not been seen again. Kaia was convicted on the charges and sentenced to thirty-five years in prison. Ernest's jury failed to reach a verdict at his first trial and he was acquitted the second time, but in 2002 he was convicted of aggravated assault and child endangerment involving another child in New Jersey in the 1980s and sentenced to twelve years in prison. He was released from prison in 2009.

    Ashani's grandparents are the prime suspects in her disappearance. Investigators believe she was murdered in Florida in approximately 1999, and her body was taken to Oklahoma and buried in the Tulsa area. The Jacksons have refused to be interviewed regarding Ashani's case and have never been charged in connection with it.

    Kaia Ernest
    Left: Kaia Jackson; Right: Ernest Jackson


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Orange County Sheriff's Office


    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    America's Most Wanted
    Pasco County and Florida's West Coast
    The Philadelphia Inquirer
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    The Orlando Sentinel
    News on 6
    FOX 23


    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 7, 2015; age-progression and details of disappearance updated.

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